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My Sister…

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Our relationship was never one of great support and love. The few times I went to her for support she revealed it in an attempt to hurt. Filled with a rage of jealously she was purposely abusive, and being addicted to drugs, didn’t help our relationship at all.

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For decades we had an on-again off-again (mostly off) sister situation. It was the norm. Our relationship was extremely complex and those emotions wore my mother out. Hell, they wore me OUT! It takes a lot of negative energy to fight with someone up close and a far and that is just what we did. I often noticed other big sisters looking out for their little sisters and couldn’t help but wonder why I didn’t have that from my sister. When I competed in beauty pageants sibling abuse was my platform. Because of the work I did to bring awareness to the situation producers at the Dr. Phil Show noticed what I had done and asked if I would share my story nationwide. Of course I did.

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After more than 11 years we made up when we bumped into each other at Costco. She was with our mom and we started to chat. Her more than me. I was leery of her and only allowed our relationship to grow little at a time. I had a cook-out for our nephew and invited my sister and her husband. Then we had Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner at my house. After that came various events such as luncheons for African American women, outings with our mother, and together we planned a surprise birthday party for our mom which was her first birthday party ever!

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So as our relationship improved over the last year who knew I would get a call in the night of morning telling me Toni is dead. She was in a lot of pain from brain surgery and a few car accidents and took maybe too much medication to alleviate the issue. After receiving the news, the pain had me scream, “That Fucking Bitch!” multiple times as I let out the emotions my body felt.

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This is the second sibling I buried. My brother died 20 years ago. I am my mother’s last child so I am very protective of her as she is of me. I never wanted my mother to experience such an ordeal ever again no matter what but free will is real. It can interrupt any and all plans.

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Summer Lovin’

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Hey! Hey! Hey! My favorite time of the year is here!

Hot, dry, blazing weather. Just the way I like it. Summer is so fabulous! Too fabulous for words and since I was a little girl, until now, I love experiencing, longer days, shorter nights, morning hikes, backyard barbecues, sunsets, sunrises, free concerts, ice cream, snow cones, frosted smoothies, homemade lemonade, maxi dresses, sandals, sunglasses, floppy hats, bronze skin, cornrows, big afros and box braids! What more could I ask for? Well, I could ask for a lot of things, but for now I am enjoying the hot weather while it last.

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I haven’t really written any hair articles lately and that’s because I have been preoccupied with so many things. I can’t talk about everything right now but one day with my lawyer’s approval I will.

In the meantime, enjoy your summer and all that the warm nights bring!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
―Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

“The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze: June had arrived.”
―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.”
―Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

LEMONADE

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Everything about LEMONADE is addictive.

Lemonade is one of my favorite summer drinks. I make it from scratch squeezing six fresh lemons, adding cane sugar, and water into a pitcher. The sweet and tart flavor blend quenches my thirst during the warm months. I also use lemon based soaps and creams that provide a touch of cool twang that is much needed around that time of year. So I have always enjoyed lemons.

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Now … By now … I am sure everyone has heard of Queen Bey’s new audio and visual collection titled LEMONADE.

I was hooked on it the first three seconds it aired on HBO. I got HBO free that weekend and was able to watch it several times before I purchased the CD/DVD combo. Now I can play it anytime I like for as long as I like, and the Hubs is like, “Oh no not again.” But, it’s like, yes dear just one more time that normally turns into four or five more times.

Anybody who knows me knows when I’m really into something I can watch it a hundred times and not get tired of it.

LEMONADE is the bomb. My favorite songs are “Sorry” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and my favorite on the visual is, well, all of them. I love the Louisiana setting.

I don’t get excited about many things but I am about this new body of work. Maybe because, just like many, I can relate. We all have experienced being cheated on or being the cheater ourselves. Then perhaps dealing with reconciliation. These songs penetrate familiar emotions whose voice people hear their own stories in, whatever the stories may be.

GO VEGANS!!!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Ummmm. I saw this video by PETA and had to post it. The video was initially slated as a TV commercial but got banned. I don’t think it was banned because it was too sexy I think the commercial was banned because it revealed facts that having a healthy/vegan diet can lead to a better sex life and healthier life overall. Check it out, judge for yourself and share your thoughts. Enjoy!

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Why Was This Vegan Commercial Banned From TV?

It has been known forever that vegans generally are in better health than non-vegans. This applies to sexual health as well. Most vegan experts agree that vegans are better in bed than those who consume diets with animal products. Do vegans last longer in bed?

I’d like to know why matters of human health are considered too risqué for TV? Why can we have TV shows and movies on every night that deal with sexuality but as soon as a racy vegan commercial is put on TV it’s too taboo for air? Could it be a conspiracy? It surely can’t because of the content. You can see much worse in the average sitcom.

Is it true that vegans have better sex than non-vegans? How about the claim that vegans ‘last longer? Below is what we do know about a vegan diet.

  • Foods with higher levels of zinc and vitamin B increase sexual desire and libido. These are primarily vegan foods.
  • Vegans typically are slimmer leading to what is widely considered as being sexy (yes we understand many prefer a fuller body)
  • Vegans have been shown to have more energy and stamina than their meat eating counterparts
  • Some studies have shown that vegans smell better, have better skin, and yes…even have better tasting bodily secretions.

While it’s not an absolute that vegans last longer, it’s not an unreasonable assumption. Either way, it really cleared the way for an exciting and attention getting video from PETA! We enjoyed watching it. What do you think?

 

 

 

My DNA Results Have Arrived!

Monday, February 8th, 2016

This past holiday season my favorite Christmas present from my husband was an AncestryDNA kit. I think I casually mentioned maybe once or twice that I wanted to take the test after watching the commercial on TV. I couldn’t wait to receive my results so I quickly spit in the provided tube and off my DNA went to their laboratory in Utah. Approximately five weeks later I received an email that announced my results were ready. I clicked on it with anticipation and my computer froze. I wanted to scream but I didn’t. I waited for the system to get itself together, and when it did, there before me were my results from 17 different regions. After viewing the chart I discovered that I am:

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79% African

  • Ivory Coast/Ghana – 26%
  • Congo – 22% – This may explain why I connected to the people in the Congo when I lived there as a Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Senegal – 16%
  • Benin/Togo – 9%
  • African South-Central Hunter Gatherers – 2%
  • Mali – 2%
  • African Southeastern Bantu – <1%
  • Nigerian – <1%

<1% Asian

  • Asia Central
    • Kazakhstan
    • Iran
    • Kyrqyzstan
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
    • Afghanistan

19% European

  • Great Britain – 11% – This may explain why I connect so easily with everyone I meet from the UK. I often thought I was British in a past life but it turns out I am British in this life.
  • Iberian Peninsula – 2%
  • Italy/Greece – 2%
  • Ireland – 2% – My maiden name is Irish.
  • Scandinavia – <1%
  • Finland/Northwest Russia – <1%
  • Europe East – <1%

<1% West Asian

  • Caucasus Region
    • Ukraine
    • Romania
    • Turkey
    • Syria
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Turkmenistan
    • Afghanistan
    • Pakistan
    • Saudi Arabia
    • U.A.E.

I love my results. I knew my bloodline was busy but the Middle East was a surprise. I was also extremely shocked to find that I am 0% Native American. Now see I know many blacks back in the day claimed to have Native blood and I know from watching a PBS special that most blacks do NOT possess Native blood but white blood instead. I know that history but didn’t think I was one of those blacks because I was told my great grandmother was Native. She raised my mother and her children and my mom always said, “Mama was Native American.” In addition my mom has stories of her great grandmother singing Native songs to her when she was a young child. So, with all of that, where is my Native blood?

I started thinking and thinking about my family with a side eye. Who are these people? Then I called Ancestry to discuss my results. I needed more answers. They sent a video that explained siblings can have different DNA results because they inherit half from their mother and half from their father and might not inherit the same half. However children will share the same DNA that their parents have but still won’t inherit all. Okay so again where is my Native blood?

The video continued and explained all DNA from grandparents and great grandparents do NOT pass on to every child. As time goes on through generations one can easily loose strains of DNA.

So that’s what happened to my Native blood? That particular gene, for whatever reason, did not pass on to me. WOW!

I told my mother she should take the test too.

Click HERE for more.

This Is What Fifty Looks Like

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

I can NOT believe this birthday has arrived. My emotions were all over the place. Then I accepted it and fell in love with the facts. There was nothing I  could change so why waste the energy.

I had a good day yesterday. I received lots of birthday wishes on Facebook which made me feel special. Mom and the Hubs took me out and I was grateful. Below are some photos from my special day yesterday.

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Gonna maintain with my new Breville Juicer.

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Love this bohemian bracelet from Esty.

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From my childhood sister/friend and Greek sister (AlphaKappaAlpha). One dollar for each year! I love her!

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Lunch with mom at the Savoy.

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My vegan cake from Lotus Vegan in NY.

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Dinner with the Hubs at Antiquity. Love this place.

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Delicious vegetable/pasta mix and some meat over there.

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Not vegan but it’s cute.

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This is what fifty looks like.

Happy MLK Day!

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Here in Albuquerque the New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission organized a parade in honor of promoting King’s dream of equality and human excellence.

Below are some photos that feature local sororities and fraternities honoring our hero. Enjoy!

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All smiles with my Soror!

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I had too much fun at the parade.

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Much Deserved!

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Last night this was much deserved after a very long day meeting and planning with my Sorors! #DeltaSigmaTheta

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